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sĕlfˌ◌sĭmˌ◌ə-lărˌ◌ĭ-tē

The property of having a substructure analogous or identical to an overall structure. For example, a part of a line segment is itself a line segment, and thus a line segment exhibits self-similarity. By contrast, no part of a circle is a circle, and thus a circle does not exhibit self-similarity. Fractals such the Sierpinski triangle are self-similar to an arbitrary level of magnification; many natural phenomena, such as clouds and plants, are self-similar to some degree.

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Noun

(*plural* self-similarities)

- The property of being self-similar, of having parts that resemble the whole, as a fractal has.

Origin

From *self-* + *similarity*, or from *self-similar* + *-ity*.

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